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Three former NFL players were sentenced Monday for their role in defrauding a health care program for the league’s retired athletes, a report said.
Correll Buckhalter, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos, was handed down the stiffest sentence of 10 months of prison time followed by as many months of house arrest, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
The other two ex-players, Anthony Montgomery and Darrell Reid, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell to 10 months of house arrest.
Anthony Montgomery of the Washington Redskins poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Landover, Maryland. Recently, he was sentenced for defrauding a health care program. (NFL Photos / Getty Images)
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The trio had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. They are among 15 players who pleaded guilty in the case.
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The scheme involved the players filing bogus claims to the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan for pricey medical equipment they never actually received – then getting reimbursed from the fund.
In all, the players submitted more than $3.9 million in fraudulent claims, prosecutors have said.
For his part, Buckhalter raked in about $121,000 from the fake claims, according to court records obtained by the newspaper.
In this photo provided by the NFL, Darrell Reid of the Denver Broncos poses for his 2010 NFL headshot circa 2010 in Englewood, Colorado. Recently, Reid was sentenced over his role in defrauding a health care system. (NFL via Getty Images / Getty Images)
Montgomery, who played for what was known as the Washington Redskins, filed two phony claims worth roughly $94,000, court records show.
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Prosecutors said Reid, a former Colts and Broncos player, also filed two bogus claims valued at more than $93,000.
Eight of the players who pleaded guilty in the case have been sentenced, the report said.
This article first appeared in the New York Post